AUBURN – David E. Gretschel, 72, of Boyce Street, died Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Beaumont in Northbridge, and he will be greatly missed by his family.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan M. (Houle) Gretschel of Auburn; two sons, Max D. Gretschel of Auburn and Thomas M. Gretschel and his wife Krista of Dudley; a sister, Sharon L. Hyson; a granddaughter, Darla J. Gretschel of Dudley; and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.  He was born in Scranton, PA, son of the late Edgar W. and Grace (Wirth) Gretschel, and lived in Auburn for 27 years.  He graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1964 and received his associate’s degree from Pierce Junior College in Philadelphia, PA.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Mr. Gretschel worked for the United States Postal Service for 20 years, retiring in 2010.  Previously, he worked as a chef and a cook at several restaurants.  He was proud to run the Boston Marathon when he was 58 years old.  Music was very important to him and he enjoyed playing the guitar and saxophone.  He enjoyed running, crossword puzzles, reading history, and listening to Rock & Roll.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford.  Burial will be private at a later date at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.